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Aug. 25, 2008

Bart Yates reads for WSUI's 'Live from Prairie Lights' Sept. 8

Iowa City writer Bart Yates, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association for "Leave Myself Behind," will read from his new book, "The Distance Between Us," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

The event will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

"The Distance Between Us" reveals the effects of tragedy and loneliness in the life of an aging pianist, as she reflects on her former life with her husband and sons and her present relationship with Alex, a college student renting the upstairs apartment.

"I've been around musicians for years, and have always been intrigued by those who were especially gifted," Yates says. "They've been amazing people -- brilliant and funny, complex and interesting -- but often very damaged, too, and difficult to deal with. I think this book is my way of trying to understand them."

A preview in Publishers Weekly concluded that, "Yates's family melodrama brims with quiet intensity."

In addition to his writing career, Yates works as a freelance musician and teacher, and he is the clarinetist in "the chronically unemployed jazz group" Nica's Dream. Learn more at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights, 337-2681; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,